Ceres Table (Chicago): Very similar to the bottle last year (apparently this is now an annual thing). The spiced and dried floral notes on the nose are incredibly alluring and the grip and vibrancy on the palate is outstanding. This is definitely my favorite 02 DRC to drink today.
Exotic spice on nose, similar to '99, but I'm not nearly as thrilled with this '02 as I was in my previous notes. It seems more muted than it did previously, I guess this one is slumbering. The nose is very intriguing and I'd be curious to try this wine again in 8-10 years. In sum, a quality wine that should rest in your cellar for quite some time.
Unique, unmistakable bouquet. Voluptuous fruit, elegant, not huge. A hint of toastiness. Balanced, lighter in style. Tasted over the course of a hour, what really stood out is the length of the finish. It just goes on and on.
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(Romanée-Conti Echézeaux) Bright medium, medium-plus cherry-red. The nose jumps out of the glass just a little less athletically than the 1er Cru – there’s a hint more spice and a deeper, tighter, more precise aspect to the fruit. There’s a real step-up when tasting this wine, almost reminiscent of the Montrachet and it’s ebullient acidity. Intensity and a real burst of excitement from the mid-palate onwards. Nicely handled tannins. This is a very good effort, certainly more intense than the 1er Cru but I’m not sure if it’s any longer.
(DRC Echezeaux) had a reserved and shy nose that was instantly emitting more cinnamon, brick, rust and earth in front of a cascade of cherry fruit. The nose was smoky, almost ripe but not quite, possessing great tension between the fruit and spice in a medium way. There were some secondary floral aromas, including stalks. The palate showed a lot more stems and tannins than the Vosne Romanee. William was scratching his head as he found it very closed, especially compared to his memory of 2001 last year. It was reticent, but there was a lot of wine still there! The palate was more stemmy and slaty, with a touch of earth. There was nice a hybrid of red and purple fruit flavors, and the wine.s finesse was most appreciable
(DRC Echezeaux) At first this was slightly reticent on the nose with just hints of spice, menthol, mint and pine needles. But after around 10 minutes this really opened in the nose and became very expressive with lots of fruit intermingling with the foresty mineral scents. A slight hint of game was there after more aeration. Very elegant palate again with dazzling purity. Purity was a common theme among all the wines today. Palate of red fruits and a good dose of cinnamon with some burly tannins. Ripe burly tannins though carrying a payload of fruit. Backwards of course but a very impressive effort from what is sometimes called the weakest of the DRC's. A step up from 2001 and 2000.
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